Where do Yoga Therapists Work?
The decision to become a yoga therapist is not to be taken lightly. In addition to the time, energy, and monetary commitment required to complete the program, there is the question of where you will find gainful employment. Yoga Therapy is gaining recognition and popularity in the United States. Western practitioners and medical professionals are coming around to the idea that clients/patients have better outcomes when the person is treated as a whole rather than compartmentalized within the description or scope of their symptoms.
In a recent study, new research found that a yoga class designed specifically for back pain can be as safe and effective as physical therapy in easing pain. Although yogis have known this for quite some time, this a major finding as it relates to the western medical world. In light of the current opioid epidemic, there is renewed interest in alternatives to medication to control chronic pain. This study has caught the eye of medical professionals and insurance companies alike.
Here is the link to the study if you are interested:
As mentioned above, yoga is currently being studied as an alternative to traditional medical care, or at the very least as a complementary modality. In addition to working within the structure of a yoga studio or in private practice, there are numerous other places that you may find employment as a yoga therapist. If you feel drawn to working with people outside of the traditional yoga setting, yoga therapy allows you to do this. It also allows people that may not otherwise have access to the therapeutic application of yoga to have this experience.
Here are some of the places or areas of healthcare that may employ a yoga therapist:
- Wellness Center
- Pain Management
- Drug and Alcohol Recovery
- Psychiatric Hospital
- Cardiovascular Clinic
- Corporate Offices
- Acupuncture Practice
- Rehabilitation Facility
- Veterans Facility
There are many populations in our society that would benefit from yoga therapy. If you feel called to a helping profession, take the time to research how being a yoga therapist can make an impact on our society. We are able to reach not only those that have been previously exposed to yoga but also those that may never have had a chance to learn how yogic practices can support their health and wellbeing. The change starts with us.
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